Some car accidents can become confusing because of the presence of multiple cars and injuries. It may seem like too much of a headache to be able to figure out if you can collect any money from the other drivers or their insurance companies. Fortunately, the legal doctrine of comparative negligence is used to make sense of how damages should be paid out to victims. Under this rule, even being at fault does not stop victims being from being paid for their injuries.

Crash in Lauderdale Lakes damages two cars and injures nine people
An accident in Lauderdale Lakes involved two cars and caused injuries to nine people. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue department said the crash happened at the intersection of Northwest 31st Ave and Northwest 41st Street at around 8:30pm. The light rain that was coming down at the time may have also been a contributing factor. Six children were among those hurt and one person was found in critical condition. All nine people injured were taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Witnesses say that some of the people involved in the accident were thrown out of the cars and both vehicles were found with significant front end damage.
Negligence and Comparative Negligence
The general legal term for filing a lawsuit after most accidents is negligence. This basically just means that the fault of another party caused injury to the plaintiff. Most car accidents or other common incidents related to personal injury law are actually filed as negligence cases. However, over time this doctrine has been refined to compensate for the fact that there is not always a clear cut answer of one person being at fault and sometimes even plaintiffs contribute to their own injuries. The rule in Florida that replaced the old negligence system is called comparative negligence.
Florida is considered a “pure” comparative negligence state, which means that the fault of everyone involved can be divided to equal one hundred percent. There is also no limit on the amount of fault that can be attributed to a person who wants to collect damages. Even a high percentage of fault will only result in a reduction of the amount of money they are owed. Other states that set limits on a plaintiff’s level of fault if they want to collect in a lawsuit are called modified comparative negligence or contributory negligence jurisdictions. In practice there may be multiple parties with varying levels of fault who can still be paid a percentage of things like medical bills, missed time from work, and damages related to pain and suffering. Keep in mind that when your lawyer is trying to collect money during a trial or settlement agreement, your level of fault is only a reduction in the damages that are awarded, rather than a way of preventing injured people from collecting anything. This makes Florida a favorable state for plaintiffs to file lawsuits.
Lawyers can sort through these issues for you
You do not need to become an expert in comparative negligence laws to file a lawsuit. That’s what lawyers get paid to do. If you have been injured in Lauderdale Lakes or surrounding areas in Broward County, please contact Madalon Law. Maladon Law has been assisting residents in South Florida with their accident cases for a number of years.